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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

6,354 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 6,354
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 209
Gots: 695 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002)
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Reviews by TheNightwatchman:
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheNightwatchman, Jan 27, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Beautiful, dark orange and hazy in color with an awesome, slightly-tanned head that left large pits on top of the liquid and lace along the sides. I literally drooled on my keyboard staring at this wonderful-looking IPA.

Smell – Big but very smooth hops with a serious malty compliment. This is exceptionally balanced with a resiny hop bias. The floral notes and mild caramel sweetness worked well together, too.

Taste – Anybody interested in a little butter? This IPA is just dripping with it. All the aromatic notes from the nose kicked it up for the taste. Big hops, strong malts, huge butter, and a slightly bitter finish. Wow!

Mouthfeel – So smooth it just slides down the esophagus. How they got all these big flavors to go down so well I’ll never know.

Drinkability – This is like none other I’ve had before, and it is my 39th IPA review on the site. What a treat!

Comments – OldFroth has a way of sniffing out the exceptional, and his senses certainly proved accurate here.

Update – It’s been over six years since OldFroth sent me my first bottle of this beauty and I ran into it at a beverage barn in Ohio so thought I’d give it another whirl. It’s as gorgeous and smooth as I remember it with an amazing texture and a wonderful sense of buttery malt/hop fusion.

RoyalT, Mar 20, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled 2/4/11, so it should be nice and fresh.

Into a standard pint glass, Centennial pours a pretty dark golden-amber with a one finger off-white head. I don't see all that many carbonation bubbles, but what I do see move at a middling pace upward. Lacing on the glass is fair- a little blotchy and curvy.

The smell brings Founders' house smell, fresh, sweet citrus hops, grassy-ness, floral notes, and nice caramel and biscuit malt aromas to my nose. I've always thought that Centennial is one of the more balanced IPAs, while still retaining a solid hop presence.

That malt to hop balance evident in the smell translates almost directly to the taste. Certainly, citrus and floral hops lead the flavor profile, but a great caramel and biscuit taste from the malts rounds out the flavor well. The component ingredients never really fall out of equilirium throughout the sip; even the finish is has a nice earthy, hoppy, dry quality to it, but a malt sweetness remains through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has quite a full feel for an IPA... probably on the heavier side of medium. However, a crisp, never-overpowering bite from the citrus and floral hops balances out the fullness of the body for a satisfying feel. Carbonation levels are pretty low, but it fits the body of the beer.

Centennial is one of the more drinkable IPAs I've had. I love how it is balanced without sacrificing a strong hop character, and I find it to be more sessionable than other IPAs. Truly a fine-drinking India Pale Ale.

TCHopCraver, Feb 27, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber with good head retention.

A dank, resinous, hoppy nose in front of a big, sweet malt backbone.

Full, with nice malt character balancing the onslaught of floral hop flavor and bitterness. It has a fairly short finish and alcohol bite.

This is a very well crafted IPA. One of my favorites in the Founders lineup and probably my favorite that they make year around.

brownbeer, Dec 15, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt orange with a fluffy white head that leaves this sheets of lace as it settles,I love in your face hoppy aroma big pine and spruce along with some lemon pith makes the mouth water.Big hoppy piney flavors hit ya right off the bat along with some lemon rind but a nice caramel maltiness really intermingles well with the big piney,citrusy hop.Big and hoppy but extremely well balanced the alcohol is well hidden making it to easy to drink.Very nice.

oberon, May 21, 2005
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Glass Nickel Pizza served in an American Pint Glass. Goes down good with garlic cheese bread.

Appearance: Permahazed, bronzed amber, with a creamy head. Plenty of bubbles.

Aroma: Grapefruit and Pine. Both, big and bold. Very juicy and aromatic. Easy to smell from a foot or more above the glass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter but not blistering, it seems to make the whole mouth come alive without numbing it to tropical fruit parfait found within this beer. I get mangoes, pineapple, and nectarine just to name a few. Sweet pale malt is there. Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy, and yummy.

Drinkability: Quite good. I down this puppy pint after pint whenever I go to eat at Glass Nickel.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 05, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

beerhunter13, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Turbo, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Centennial IPA pours a deep copper-amber color with a slightly orange tint to it. A decently sized off-white head leaves pretty nice lacing all the way down the glass. The nose... the nose is great. It hits you with so many things at once while remaining in a perfect harmony. Not only that, the profile develops noticeably as the beer warms up, remaining consistent and elegantly balanced all the way. Full of hops, very floral and oily, also very fruity and citrus-like; grapefruit and orange being the most dominant at first. Upon closing my eyes and taking a deep whiff, it can actually be very reminiscent of a bowl of Fruit Pebbles (with, of course, hop accents). As it warms up, lemon starts to come out in the citrus flavors and it garners a bit of lemon grass tea type aromas. So simple, yet very complex.

Upon tasting, the palette is hit with a profile not far from the aroma concoction - the flavor is full of hops and hop oils, a touch of floral elements, and heavy citrus, including grapefruits, oranges, and lemon zest. The fruit and citrus hits you first, followed closely by the floral flavors from the hops which take over halfway through. Although mildly undetectable on the nose, near the end of the sip (and the warmer the beer gets), some malts and caramel-like sweetness start to come out. You're left with a 50-50 mix of fruitiness and bitterness on your tongue which work so well together, you won't believe it until you try it. Medium-thick body. slightly chewy, leaves a mild stickiness in your mouth.

This is what should define an American IPA. Never has another AIPA wowed me so much with it's complex-yet-simple flavor and aroma profiles quite like this one. At a perfectly tamed and masked 7.2% ABV, it remains so drinkable, also partially due to the wonderful checks-and-balances in flavors. I love this beer. The one major drawback, is that the beer must be very fresh. After 8 weeks from the bottling date, the hops really start to fade and the malt becomes overpowering. This is true for most IPAs, but I feel like it's more prominent in this one. It really shines when it's super fresh.

tectactoe, Oct 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Max3, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head's floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one's sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter.

7.2% ABV & 65 IBUs

ExtraStout, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

DavyJones, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Zakk, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jono0101, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

npala86, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Tiernan, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for dob for this Michigan treat!

A-2 inch head on clear amber/copper body, streaming carbo bubble from bottle of Sam Adams imperial pilsner glass. Very nice looking!
S-Citrus/grapefruit and a nice pine aroma.
T-Pine and cirus hope flavor on a fairly seet malt base. As warm, more floral and caramel come through.
M-Nice mouth feel, slightly oily and full in mouth
D-I'm a fan. Could drink quite a few. Not quite a top flight IPA but one I would seek out again.

hopsleeroy, Sep 12, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burnt orange pour with a scant head, and little lace to speak of.

S: Sweet malt aromas with citrusy hop nose.

T: Mouthwatering sweet maltiness over whelmed by a citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Sticky, firm bodied brew, with a little slickness to it.

O: Way good, not overpowering, nice tame IPA.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Sep 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tbryan5, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

J2L, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

woodchipper, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

dmheinz57, Jul 12, 2014
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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,354 ratings.